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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Munda vows to make Santhali second language

BOKARO: Hundreds of Santhals on Thursday participated in the 11th General Congress of Santhal at Luggu Buru Ghantavadi Dhoramgaad, situated in the foothills of Luggu Hill at Lalpania under Gomia block of the district. Participating in the function, chief minister Arjun Munda announced that the state government will provide Rs 5 crore for the development of the area. The CM also assured to take initiative in including Santhali as a second language of the state.
He also appealed to the Santhalis coming from other states to raise the demand of including Santhali as the second language from the government of their respective states.
Other political leaders, including Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) chief Babulal Marandi, Giridih MP Ravinder Pandey, Dumri MLA Jagarnath Mahto also participated in the congress.
Santhals, the largest tribal community in India, assemble here from all parts of the country once every year and offer prayer to Luggu Baba by performing religious rituals. During the congress, they also discuss on the progress and future development of Santhali culture. "This is our biggest religious gathering. The Santhals from Nepal, Manipur, Orissa, Bihar and other states have arrived to participate in the function," said Babuli Soren, a member of the organizing committee.
A huge fair was also organised on the occasion. North Chottanagpur Zone inspector general M L Meena, Koylanchal DIG Laxman Prasad Singh, Bokaro DC Sunil Kumar and SP Kuldeep Dwivedi were also present at the function. Security has been beefed up in the area, a red zone, in view of the function and Munda's arrival here.

Source:http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-11-11/ranchi/30386245_1_santhalis-second-language-arjun-munda
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